What We Do

Through the financial resources of a broad base of donors, Our Community Foundation is a grant-making public charity dedicated to improving the lives of people in Daviess County, Indiana by achieving our donors’ charitable wishes and aligning grant funds with community needs.

Our Community Foundation provides a means for donors to address present and future needs in the community by forming permanent and temporary funds. We provide a variety of gift options to help donors achieve their charitable wishes and provide an outlet for charitable capital to be created and preserved.

As residents of the Daviess County community, board members and staff provide vital knowledge of the community we serve, as well as its needs. By working with a variety of donors and nonprofits we have the unique position as a funder, convener, and connector, with the ability to bring people together around a common cause – improving the lives of people in Daviess County, Indiana.


Through the financial resources of a broad base of donors, Our Community Foundation’s mission is to
meet the changing needs of Daviess County by fostering a culture of local philanthropy. The Foundation
was organized in 2021 as part of an agreement with the Community Foundation Alliance in Evansville to
move the Daviess County Community Foundation away from a 9-county regional affiliation of community
foundations to a standalone community foundation. Our Community Foundation is led by a Board of 21
community leaders who all live in Daviess County. With firsthand knowledge of the community and a
solid personal commitment, the Board is committed to leading the Foundation in a manner that best
serves the Daviess County community they call home. The Foundation’s office is in historic downtown
Washington’s tallest building – the former Peoples/German American Bank – located at 201 E Main St,

Board of Directors

Local People….Local Decisions

Our 21 dedicated Board members bring a spectrum of different experiences and diverse views from all corners of Daviess County. They welcome your questions and invite you to learn more about the Foundation’s important work.

Joe Singleton, Retired Business Owner/Banker, Washington, President
Travis Schaffer, Banker, Washington, Vice President
Paula Jones, Retired Graphic Design/Marketing, Montgomery, Secretary

Alex Knepp, Financial Advisor, Montgomery, Treasurer
Scott Arthur, Agriculture/Business Owner, Washington, Director
Chance Berry, Banker, Plainville, Director
Jordan Briggeman, Banker, Washington, Director
Shannon Dalton, Plant Manager, Washington, Director
Tony Duncheon, Banker/County Official, Montgomery, Director
Kirsten Emmons, Executive, Medical Industry, Montgomery, Director
David Frette, CPA/Business Owner, Washington, Director
Carolyn Jones, Retired College Professor/Administrator, Washington, Director
Cindy Mason, Accounting Professional, Washington, Director
Gretchen Miles, Educator, Washington, Director
Linda Myers, Retired Social Worker, Washington, Director
Carol Nugent, Agriculture/Business Owner, Elnora, Director
Steve Peterson, Assistant School Superintendent, Washington, Director
Dr. Dan Roach, Retired School Superintendent, Washington, Director
Travis Schaffer, Banker, Washington, Director
Peg Stephens, Business Owner/Public Utilities, Washington, Director
Joe Wellman, Former Mayor/Retired Banker, Washington, Director
Richard “Bud” Woodruff, Engineer, Odon, Director


Mary Smith, Executive Director

Mary lives in Washington and works in the local office. She has over 45 years experience in the nonprofit
sector, including over 10 years with community foundations. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint
Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree from Indiana State University.

Lauren Osmon, Program Associate

Lauren grew up in Daviess County and works remotely. She graduated from Washington Catholic High
School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. She has over 10 years experience in the
nonprofit sector including community foundations.


Our Community Foundation maintains and manages much information that must be kept confidential. This includes information about donors, prospective donors, grantees, prospective grantees, and wealth advisors and their firms. Review our Confidentiality Policy or contact us at Our Community Foundation, PO Box 84, Washington, IN 47501 or info@localforever.org

Conflict of Interest

Our Community Foundation’s Conflict of Interest policy protects the Foundation when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the Our Community Foundation or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. Review our Conflict of Interest Policy or contact us at Our Community Foundation, PO Box 84, Washington, IN 47501 or or info@localforever.org

Employment Opportunities

Coming soon!


Our Community Foundation, Inc. follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, pregnancy, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. This policy applies to